Getting into Harvard / Stanford / Wharton


JohnDoe8
I'm considering applying to H/S/W MBAs for 2020. What qualities do these schools look for (beyond strong grades, good GMAT score, and work experience?) I am trying to figure out ways to make myself more attractive.

Also I have read that US MBA programs are struggling to recruit students. Would this make it easier to get into the top schools?
I'm considering applying to H/S/W MBAs for 2020. What qualities do these schools look for (beyond strong grades, good GMAT score, and work experience?) I am trying to figure out ways to make myself more attractive.

Also I have read that US MBA programs are struggling to recruit students. Would this make it easier to get into the top schools?
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Larry
There's a whole range of factors that go into the decision, and at this level, there is a certain amount of luck involved.

Beyond the factors you mentioned, the schools will also generally look at your extracurricular activities in school - what you were involved in, in terms of organizations, clubs, etc., as well as activities you've done outside of work: volunteering and all of that.

They'll also look closely at your work experience. Assuming you have a competitive amount of experience (4-6 years, for these schools,) they'll also look at your experience arc and how you've advanced through those years.

Other than that, your letters of intent and letters of recommendation will also help getting your foot in the door. And then, of course, it's the interview. The schools will be looking to see how you 'fit' in their MBA programs, and what else you would add, in terms of diversity and your own particular outlook.
There's a whole range of factors that go into the decision, and at this level, there is a certain amount of luck involved.

Beyond the factors you mentioned, the schools will also generally look at your extracurricular activities in school - what you were involved in, in terms of organizations, clubs, etc., as well as activities you've done outside of work: volunteering and all of that.

They'll also look closely at your work experience. Assuming you have a competitive amount of experience (4-6 years, for these schools,) they'll also look at your experience arc and how you've advanced through those years.

Other than that, your letters of intent and letters of recommendation will also help getting your foot in the door. And then, of course, it's the interview. The schools will be looking to see how you 'fit' in their MBA programs, and what else you would add, in terms of diversity and your own particular outlook.
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JohnDoe8
Thank you Larry, this is very helpful. I wasn't involved in a lot of extracurricular activities at school but I have been doing some pro bono and volunteer work in my professional life. I will keep all this in mind!
Thank you Larry, this is very helpful. I wasn't involved in a lot of extracurricular activities at school but I have been doing some pro bono and volunteer work in my professional life. I will keep all this in mind!
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Larry
Certainly highlight the pro bono / volunteer work in your applications, especially if it's something you've been doing for a long time.
Certainly highlight the pro bono / volunteer work in your applications, especially if it's something you've been doing for a long time.
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JohnDoe8
Thanks again, so helpful!
Thanks again, so helpful!
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